2020 OHL Draft Review: 15 Potential Steals

With the 2020 OHL Draft officially in the books, the time has now come to look back and reflect upon what proved to be a highly unpredictable Priority Selection. All throughout the event OHL franchises were full of surprises, as they regularly selected prospects projected to be chosen later within the Draft — a reality which also led to a whack of highly talented youngsters being selected far later than they should have.

2020 OHL Draft: Two-Round Mock Draft

Who are these potential steals, you ask? Well, we’ve taken the time to identify 15 OHL prospects who we feel could come to be defined as nothing other than steals owing to their respective selections within the 2020 OHL Draft. In our opinion, we feel as though the fifteen players identified below should have been viewed as far more valuable than they were owing to their elite-level skill sets, and that their resulting selections were not indicative of their ultimate potentials at the OHL-level and beyond.

With this being said, let’s kick off this list. In terms of organization, these prospects are listed in alphabetical order.

Sam Alfano – (RW)

Drafting Team: Peterborough Petes

Selection: Second Round, 23rd Overall

Prospect Pipeline Ranking: 11th Overall

Sam Alfano was named as the 2019-20 SCTA Player of the Year, however, his incredible production was surprisingly not enough to warrant a selection in the first round of the 2020 OHL Draft. While Alfano is surely pleased with his selection, it goes without saying that we and many others throughout the scouting world expected Alfano to be chosen within the top-20. Of incredible size and high-end skill, Alfano is a complete package who can dominate and determine the outcome of games as he deems fit.

Aaron Andrade – (RW)

Drafting Team: Guelph Storm

Selection: Round Five, 93rd Overall

Prospect Pipeline Ranking: 29th Overall

The Toronto Titans were a strong team in the GTHL during the 2019-20 season and were strengthened by Aaron Andrade — a physical winger utilized his size well in combination with his strength. In the process, Andrade recorded 19 goals and 38 points in his 32 regular season GTHL games played — a point-total which stood as the GTHL’s sixth-highest and greater than other top prospects such as Paul Ludwinski and Brice Cooke. In short, owing to his size and skill, Andrade should be able to step in the Storm’s lineup next season and make an immediate impact once acclimated.

Harrison Ballard – (C)

Drafting Team: Kingston Frontenacs

Selection: Eighth Round, 145th Overall

Prospect Pipeline Ranking: 71st Overall

As team captain of the ETA’s York Simcoe Express this past season, Harrison Ballard notched 16 goals and 39 points in his 36 regular season contests. Although his personal production may have been slightly lower than many were expecting, Ballard’s commitment to developing his overall game was on full display — the youngster regularly played a complete 200-foot game and came to be depended on regardless of the situation. Even is he doesn’t make the Kingston Frontenacs’s roster to begin the 2020-21 season, expect Ballard to develop into a key piece for the ‘Fronts in the near future.

Aaron Brown – (D)

Drafting Team: Flint Firebirds

Selection: Third Round, 52nd Overall

Prospect Pipeline Ranking: 23rd Overall

The Flint Firebirds appear to have stolen a minute-munching defender in the middle of the 2020 OHL Draft‘s third-round. An incredibly responsible two-way defenceman for the Quinte Red Devils all season long, Aaron Brown’s two play play and calm composure was expected to combine to see him drafted in the second round of the Priority Selection. However, the youngster fell into the third-round, where the Firebirds were quick to nab him at 52nd overall. With size, intelligence and a high-compete level, don’t be surprised if Brown cracks the Flint’s roster out of training camp.

Carson Christy – (RW)

Drafting Team: Mississauga Steelheads

Selection: Second Round, 38th Overall

Prospect Pipeline Ranking: 14th Overall

Given his innate goal-scoring abilities and standing as a late 2004-born prospect, we anticipated Carson Christy to be selected in the opening round of the 2020 OHL Draft. Capable of playing three full OHL seasons before his first gander into the NHL Draft and fresh off of scoring 50 goals in 45 combined games in the ETA this past season, it came as nothing other than a surprise to see Christy fall to the 38th overall. While there may be some concerns regarding his size, the fact remains that Christy is a lethal offensive player who thinks the game far better than most.

Nolan Collins – (D)

Drafting Team: Sudbury Wolves

Selection: Fifth Round, 88th Overall

Prospect Pipeline Ranking: 31st Overall

As a natural leader an fiery competitor who will do whatever it takes to ensure success for his team, it goes without saying that we expected Nolan Collins to be drafted much higher than 88th overall in the 2020 OHL Draft. A staunch two-way defender, Collins stands as a capable threat at both ends of the ice. In the defensive zone, Collins maintains excellent gap control and does not hesitate to smother his opposition when the opportunity presents itself. Moreover, Collins has become a potent force in the attacking zone — he features a strong shot from the blue line and the vision necessary to move the puck to his teammates with poise — a reason why he recorded 35 points in 29 regular season ETA contests this past season.

Isaiah George – (D)

Drafting Team: London Knights

Selection: Fourth Round, 68th Overall

Prospect Pipeline Ranking: 10th Overall

Whether or not Isaiah George has indicated interest in opting for the NCAA route to OHL organizations remains unclear, however, the fact remains that if he does report to the London Knights they will have stolen an excellent young prospect in the fourth-round of the 2020 OHL Draft. As they Priority Selection approached, George remained ranked as the third-best defenceman available in our opinion — however, come the 68th choice, he became the 21st defender selected in the Draft. As a smooth skating blue liner oozing with poise and two-way ability, George will have no issue acclimating to the OHL-level. The main question surrounding George now is where he will take to the ice for the 2020-21 season.

Will Gerrior – (LW)

Drafting Team: Ottawa 67’s

Selection: Ninth Round, 180th Overall

Prospect Pipeline Ranking: 56th Overall

Will Gerrior scored more goals in the HEO this past season than the likes of Cedric Guindon, Colton Smith, Ben Bujold and Jonathan Melee — however, come Draft day, Gerrior found himself selected 180th overall in the ninth-round. While being drafted by his hometown team in the Ottawa 67’s was surely nothing other than a dream come true, it goes without saying that the 67’s stole an elite offensive player. Concerns surrounding his size (5-foot-7, 130-pounds) may have forced other OHL organizations to think twice about Gerrior, however, Ottawa made an excellent decision in adding Gerrior to their pipeline.

Mikael Kingo – (G)

Drafting Team: Peterborough Petes

Selection: Tenth Round, 195th Overall

Prospect Pipeline Ranking: Top-20 Goaltender

Alongside teammate Dominic DiVincentiis, Mikael Kingo helped propel the Vaughan Kings into the Finals of the GTHL Playoffs. Combined, the two proved to be virtually impenetrable in between the pipes, limiting their opposition to low-percentage scoring chances while playing incredibly consistent hockey in the process. In Kingo, the Petes nabbed a dedicated young goaltender whose skills on the ice are only preceded by his efforts off of it. If an OHL franchise approached the 2020 OHL Draft in search of a grounded and well-rounded prospect, Kingo was their man — fortunately for Peterborough, they were able to nab the youngster with the 195th overall selection.

Devin Mauro – (LW)

Drafting Team: Sudbury Wolves

Selection: Eleventh Round, 211th Overall

Prospect Pipeline Ranking: 40th Overall

A lack of stature undoubtedly led to the Sudbury Wolves’ selection of Devin Mauro with the 211th overall choice in the 2020 OHL Draft, as the native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario boasts the skill set commensurate of a top-50 talent. Although listed as 5-foot-5 and 140-pounds, Mauro pounded home 30 goals and 62 points in his 39 GNML contests this past season — a total which stood as the second-highest in the league, and 27 greater than the next 2004-born player. Once he adds greater size and strength to his frame, Mauro could come to be regarded as a high-end talent in the OHL for years to come.

Ryan McGuire – (C)

Drafting Team: Guelph Storm

Selection: Third Round, 56th Overall

Prospect Pipeline Ranking: 20th Overall

Ryan McGuire outscored his closest Burlington Eagles teammate by 24 points in regular season SCTA play — a reality formulated as a result of McGuire’s high-end speed and ability to consistently produce high-percentage scoring opportunities. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise to learn that we viewed McGuire as a potential first-round talent with the 2020 OHL Draft looming. However, come Draft day, the youngster fell — so-to-speak — to the Guelph Storm who held the 56th overall selection, a choice which will surely pay immense dividends for the perennial contender in the years to come.

Adam Ricci – (G)

Drafting Team: Oshawa Generals

Selection: Fourteenth Round, 273rd Overall

Prospect Pipeline Ranking: Top-20 Goaltender

Well-rounded goaltenders don’t come around very often — a belief which led us to believe that Adam Ricci of the Mississauga Reps would be one of the first 20 goaltenders chosen in the 2020 OHL Draft, if not within the top-10. However, as the Priority Selection continued to unravel, OHL organizations decided to pass on Ricci — until the Oshawa Generals nabbed him with the 273rd overall choice in the event. In the end, Ricci was the 25th goaltender chosen in the Draft — a reality which, although fortunate, will surely fuel him in years for years to come.

Max Seguin – (LW)

Drafting Team: North Bay Battalion

Selection: Eleventh Round, 201st Overall

Prospect Pipeline Ranking: 78th Overall

A teammate of Zakary Lavoie with the GTHL’s Toronto Nationals, Max Seguin is a smooth-skating forward who plays the game with pace and a purpose. His shot continues to evolve while his playmaking and commitment to playing a 200-foot game remain paramount. Although his offensive totals didn’t jump off the sheet this past season — 12 goals and 25 points in his 32 regular season GTHL games — it goes without saying that we expected Seguin to be chosen within the top-100 owing to his well-rounded game. However, Seguin’s name wasn’t called until the eleventh round of the 2020 OHL Draft — an opportunity which the North Bay Battalion willingly took advantage of with the 201st overall selection.

Dalyn Wakely – (C)

Drafting Team: North Bay Battalion

Selection: Second Round, 30th Overall

Prospect Pipeline Ranking: 6th Overall

It’s not very often that a player widely perceived to be a top-10 prospect falls outside of the first round of the 2020 OHL Draft, however, such was exactly the case with Dalyn Wakely. After lightning up the ETA all season long as team captain of the Quinte Red Devils, Wakely entered the Priority Selection as one of our top-10 players available owing to his torrent offensive production — an ETA leading 72 points in just 36 games played. Yet, as the Draft continued to unravel, Wakely dropped further and further before being chosen by the Battalion with the 30th overall selection — a selection which will surely pay immediate dividends for North Bay, as Wakely will take to the ice with plenty to prove this coming season.

Zaccharya Wisdom – (RW)

Drafting Team: Niagara IceDogs

Selection: Sixth Round, 102nd Overall

Prospect Pipeline Ranking: 103rd Overall

In hindsight, our final ranking for Zach Wisdom and where he was eventually selected by the Niagara IceDogs were virtually identical. However, despite Wisdom being chosen where projected, we still feel as though the choice of Wisdom by the IceDogs will prove to be nothing other than a steal in the coming years. Much like his older brother Zayde of the Kingston Frontenacs, Wisdom is an incredibly hard-working forward who boasts incredible on-ice intelligence and the ability to process the game at a high-level. This quick-thinking allows Wisdom to position himself purposefully and compliment his teammates — realities which should allow him and his fellow IceDogs to flourish in the coming years.

 

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